Honda and Nissan are said to be developing next-generation solid-state batteries for electric vehicles.
By developing solid-state batteries the car makers can reduce their car’s charging time, expand their range of green cars and deliver longer driving ranges, all at a lower cost than lithium-ion batteries.
“We’ve been researching all solid-state batteries,” Honda spokesman Teruhiko Tatebe said to the Japan Times. “At the moment we’re not developing them with another automaker.”
The solid-state battery “has a huge potential” to become the key to boosting EVs, a Honda executive said.
The carmaker is considering tying up with other companies to develop car batteries, but technical hurdles remain for mass production.
A growing number of automakers including Toyota Motor Corp and Volkswagen AG are developing all solid-state batteries, which offer more capacity and better safety than conventional lithium-ion batteries by replacing their liquid electrolyte with a solid, conductive material.
Last week Toyota said they were planning on teaming up with Panasonic in order to develop and produce lithium ion and next-generation solid-state batteries.
If Toyota succeeds in commercialising solid-state batteries then it would go a long way to securing Panasonic’s industry leading position. It is currently the main supplier of electric batteries to Tesla.